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We have the world’s best bridging system: RnDE

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    We have the world’s best bridging system: RnDE

    After successfully designing Sarvatra-the longest multi-span bridging system in the world, Research and Development Establishment, Engineers (RnDE, DRDO) has recently added two Short Span Bridging Systems (SSBS) to their Universal Bridging System (UBS), which they claim is the most advanced bridging system in the world. This has given a perfect completion to India’s mobile, military bridging requirements.



    “We have just finished the designing aspects of SSBS 5 and 10 that provide bridging on 5 and 10 metre gaps encountered on the battlefield. Besides, these short bridges will assist Sarvatra which has a span of 75 metre in steps of 5 to 15- metre bridges,” said N B Vijauakumar, scientist and group director, Combat Engineering Group, RnDE.



    Designed on the lines of Sarvatra, the SSBS will ensure sturdy and smooth operation of heaviest military traffic for negotiating wet and dry obstacles on the battlefield with the help of ‘double A shaped’ trestle operated with the use of advanced hydraulic mechanisms.


    “As far as the technical specifications are concerned, the UBS in general has four metre width, between 2.5 to six metre depth and a load bearing capacity of MLC 70 which is approximately 70 tonne. “The heavy Indian tanks- MBT Arjun weighs 58.5 tonne, which means that these bridging systems are capable of bearing more weight than the heaviest Indian military vehicles,” said UR Gautam, scientist F and head, Integrated Management Systems Group, RnDE.



    Designed over an extensive research of three years, the SSBS can be used as standalone bridges as well as in assistance to Sarvatra. Loaded on the conventional Tatra vehicle, these bridges aim at providing mobility to the Indian Armed Forces over trenches- either man made or natural, thus assuring an effective reach. “The development of these two bridging systems was based on the inputs obtained from the Armed Forces after the development of Sarvatra,” said Gautam. With BEML as the nodal agency, along with other industrial partners, the scientists claim the UBS is the most advanced bridging system in the world.
     
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